It's fair to say that 2019 has had some huge upset, like Andy Ruiz beating Anthony Joshua, and on the OPBF title level Lito Dante stopping the previously unbeaten Tsubasa Koura. Today fans at Korakuen Hall got another huge upset, as the WBC #2 ranked Super Bantamweight got taken out in what was regarded as a tune up bout against a man he had previously beaten!
The fighter in question was former world title challenger Shingo Wake (26-6-2, 18) [和氣 慎吾] who was meant to be tuning up for a second world title bout early next year. He just had a straight forward rematch with Filipino fighter Jhunriel Ramonal (16-8-6, 9) to get through. Wake had beaten the Filipino in 2013 and seemed assured of picking up the W again here, and move one step closer to a potential showdown with Rey Vargas.
Instead the world has crumbled below Wake, in one of the biggest shocks of the year.
Wake looked in control through the first 2 rounds, using his straight left hand to tag the Filipino at will. It looked like things were going to plan, though he couldn't stop the visitor from marching forward, pressing the fight and trying to cut the distance.
In round 3 Ramonal, with coming from his right eye, got the break through he needed, landing a huge hook and dropping Wake. The Japanese fighter got to his feet but was still shaken, and took another left and was dropped again. This time the referee waved the bout off, with Wake remaining down for quite some time.
For the Filipino this was revenge for his loss, and a massive shock win. He toughness and desire proved vital. As for Wake, this leaves his career really in tough place and it's really unclear what will be next for him.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Tokyo will see former world title challenger Shingo Wake (26-5-2, 18) [和氣 慎吾] rematch with Filipino fighter Jhunriel Ramonal (15-8-6, 8), who Wake stopped in 3 rounds back in 2013.
Today the two fighters weighed in for their bout, which has been contracted at 126lbs.
On the scales Wake was around 125.7lbs, well above his usual fighting weight but comfortably under the Featherweight limit that was enforced for this bout.
For Wake this bout is being regarded as a world title prelude and it's assumed that in 2020 he will get his second world title fight.
Ramonal was even lighter, coming in at 125.25lbs for the bout. He looked in good shape, but this is only his 4th bout since the start of 2015, and he has only scored 1 win in that time. He revealed that he had been disappointed by the original loss to Wake, which had come from a cut.
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Over the last few weeks we have reported 2 bouts set for October 11th at the Korakuen Hall, as part of the next show under the Golden Child banner. Today we can confirm one more notable bout set for the show!
The first bout to be confirmed for the card was the rematch between Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4-1, 10) [細川チャーリー忍] and Koki Tyson (14-3-3, 12) [太尊 康輝], who will battle for the vacant OPBF Middleweight title following their draw earlier this year. The second bout to be announced for this card was also a rematch, with former world title challenger Shingo Wake (26-5-2, 18) [和氣 慎吾] taking on Jhunriel Ramonal (15-8-6, 8), in what is being sold as world title prelude for Wake.
Today saw the official confirmation that former multi-time world title challenger Shin Ono (23-11-3, 6) [小野 心] would also be on the card, in what will be his first bout since losing the Japanese title to Norihito Tanaka [田中教仁] in January.
Sadly Ono's bout isn't a hugely interesting one, with the Watanabe gym fighter going up against Akira Kokubo (8-8-3, 2) [小久保聡].
This bout will be an 8 rounder fought at a contracted 50KG's, and the loser will be in an awkward position. Coming in Ono is ranked by the OPBF and Japan at Minimumweight, whilst Okubo enters as a Japanese ranked Flyweight, following 4 straight wins.
One other bout confirmed for this show today will see Naoki Inaba (6-5-1, 3) [稲葉直樹] fight in a 6 rounder against Yuta Kono (4-5-1) [河野勇太], in what is likely to be the best of the rest from the under-card.
Earlier today we were informed that former world title challenger Shingo Wake (26-5-2, 18) [和氣 慎吾] would be back in the ring on October 11th in a scheduled 8 round bout at the Korakuen Hall.
According to sources the former OPBF and Japanese Super Bantamweight champion will be one of the main support bouts on an upcoming Golden Child Boxing card from Kaneko Gym.
The card, which will be headlined by a OPBF Middleweight title rematch between Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4-1, 10) [細川チャーリー忍] and Koki Tyson (14-3-3, 12) [太尊 康輝], will have Wake in a rematch of his own.
The talented Wake will be up against Filipino foe Jhunriel Ramonal (15-8-6, 8), who was stopped by Wake in 3 rounds back in 2013 and will be expected to come up short again to the Japanese fighter.
It's been suggested that this will be Wake's final bout before securing a second world title bout, though given the situation of the titles there may still be a lengthy wait for the sharp shooting southpaw to get a second shot at the top.
Whilst we now know two bouts for the Golden Child card a full announcement hasn't been confirmed, though is expected in the coming days.
Over the last couple of hours we have looked at some individual award winners at today's Japanese boxing awards, held in the amazing Tokyo Dome Hotel. For those who just want to see the winners in a list here we go:
The MVP was:
Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥]
The Skills Award was won by:
Kosei Tanaka (12-0, 7) [田中恒成]
The KO Award was won by:
Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥]
Special Award was won by:
Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪]
The Effort Award was won by:
Masayoshi Nakatani (18-0, 12) [中谷正義]
The Newcomer Award was won by:
Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登]
The Best World title Fight:
Sho Kimura [木村翔] Vs Kosei Tanaka [田中恒成]
The Best Japanese Domestic fight:
Yusaku Kuga [久我勇作] Vs Shingo Wake [和氣 慎吾]
Female fighter of the year was:
Tenkai Tsunami (26-12, 15) [天海 ツナミ]
Female Fight of the Year was:
Kayoko Ebata [江畑佳代子] Vs Etsuko Tada [多田悦子]
Trainer of the Year was:
Shingo Inoue [井上真吾]
A Special Achievement Award was won by:
Shinsuke Yamanaka [山中慎介]
Special Prizes were given to:
Toshiyuki Igarashi [五十嵐 俊幸]
Naoko Shibata [柴田 直子]
Nana Yoshikawa [好川 菜々]
Ryuya Yamanaka [山中 竜也]
And Momo Koseki [小関 桃]
A social Contribution prize was given too:
Naoko Fujioka (17-2, 7) [藤岡 奈穂子]
JBC Service Achievements were won by
Akira Tabata, who has served as a timekeeper, and Hiroyuki Tokuzaki, a referee who sadly passed away in October.
Several other officials earned awards for their roles in the sport as well, as did Atsushi Sato, a producer at WOWOW.
It's also worth noting that every male fighter who held a world title at some point during the year won an Outstanding Fighter Award, this is a normal thing to recognise all champions. We won't list them all here though they obviously included Kenshiro [拳四朗] and Hiroto Kyoguchi [京口 紘人] among others.
As for amateur awards, the best male fighter was:
Daisuke Narimatsu [成松大介]
and the best female fighter was:
Tsukimi Namiki [並木月海]
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